6. Giant Beaver, Beaverlodge, Alta.
Canada and the humble beaver have a long, illustrious relationship. The trade of beaver pelts put Canada on the explorer’s map in the 1600s. Since that time, the beaver has been featured on stamps, coins and the shield of the Hudson’s Bay Company. Granted status in 1975 as an official emblem of Canada, it’s hardly surprising that a giant beaver statue gazes over one of the country’s most charming communities. In July 2004, the northwestern Alberta town of Beaverlodge unveiled a 3-metre high beaver to mark its 75th anniversary. A favourite of tourists, the giant beaver is a bona fide Canadian icon.